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5,0 sur 5 étoilesBig picture thinking AND humor? Sign me up.
2 septembre 2019 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I read this book on the heels of "The Short Bus" by Jonathan Mooney. As a parent advocate on a school-based special education committee, I learned a lot from that read. But "Normal Sucks" is a wiser, adult Jonathan Mooney displaying all those mad, dyslexic big picture skills. He walked me through high brow philosophical discussion and kept it real. I laughed -- out loud -- and that's what sealed the deal. I've purchased three copies so far (thank you, Amazon, for the fast delivery service), and I'm not done.
This is an interesting and thought-provoking book that at times is flat-out disturbing. The author posits that we are “surrounded by institutions, systems and cultural practices that demand and enforce, ‘normalcy’.” In other words, we are in an age of constant judgment, seeking to align us with or outcast us from the normative. But how useful is this? Why are we so obsessed with labels which subsequently shame those who fall outside the lines of normal? Should reframing the way we think about diversity and abilities be the higher priority? The answer, of course, is yes. The author shares his very raw experiences of being placed on the “wrong” side of the normal lines as a child as he struggled with dyslexia and ADHD. The evolution of “normal” and “abnormal” are examined and it is concluded that “normal” is simply an ambiguous and fluid term, influenced greatly by societal desires. It is not a true concrete form of measurement. It is, according to the author, a “statistical fiction.” The idea of normal sucks is that the concept of normal falsely robs many of their true value. This book is both engaging and insightful.
Both inspiring and infuriating, Normal Sucks is part a history of the pursuit of normal and a memoir about all the ways Jonathan Mooney was failed by the education system and a society that is addicted to the unreachable goal of normal. As the mother of a son who has been labeled not normal, the author's story is both terrifying and ultimately triumphant. It isn't a guide on "How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines" but more one example of how a person who is labeled as disabled can overcome "dys-teachia" to become a person who is happy with himself. Written as a letter to his sons, Normal Sucks tells the author's story with humor, insight, and compassion.
Johnathan Mooney poignantly and eloquently states the necessary paradigm shift that needs to happen in our world. Anyone that is in education, in teacher prep, or a parent must read this book. Honoring and celebrating difference is a much better way to live than assimilating to supposedly fit in. This is a must read book!!!